Book Soup and WeHo Reads present Chelsey Johnson, in conversation with Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater Kinney), discussing and signing her debut novel, Stray City

A warm, funny, and whip-smart debut novel about rebellious youth, inconceivable motherhood, and the complications of belonging--to a city, a culture, and a family--when none of them can quite contain who you really are.

All of us were refugees of the nuclear family . . .

Twenty-four-year-old artist Andrea Morales escaped her Midwestern Catholic childhood--and the closet--to create a home and life for herself within the thriving but insular lesbian underground of Portland, Oregon. But one drunken night, reeling from a bad breakup and a friend's betrayal, she recklessly crosses enemy lines and hooks up with a man. To her utter shock, Andrea soon discovers she's pregnant--and despite the concerns of her astonished circle of gay friends, she decides to have the baby.

A decade later, when her precocious daughter Lucia starts asking questions about the father she's never known, Andrea is forced to reconcile the past she hoped to leave behind with the life she's worked so hard to build.  A thoroughly modern and original anti-romantic comedy, Stray City is an unabashedly entertaining literary debut about the families we're born into and the families we choose, about finding yourself by breaking the rules, and making bad decisions for all the right reasons. (Custom House)


This event will take place at the City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood. Tickets include one copy of Stray City to be received at check in. A book signing with Chelsey Johnson will follow the talk.

Photo Credit: Kara Thompson


Tickets: $27.00 (+ tax) (includes one copy of Stray City) – tickets are available on Eventbrite

Event date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
West Hollywood Public Library - City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069